Breathalyzers Accused of Racial Discrimination

Do the state’s breathalyzer tests discriminate against people who are black? The lawyer of a Norwalk man claims they do.

State police arrested Tyrone Brown, 40, in April and charged him with drunken driving.

His attorney, James Ruana, said the device discriminates. Research shows that the lung capacity of a black man is 3 percent smaller than a white man and therefore, black men's test results vary from the sobriety standard set by the device, he said.

Assistant State's Attorney Mark Durso declined comment.

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